Band: Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival
Date: Nov. 9-19
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Tickets: Cover charge may apply at some venues.

The Northern Gulf Coast serves as both a haven and a destination for songwriters from around the world. However, one specific event — the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival — has become almost a rite of passage in the international songwriting community.

For 33 years, the festival has served as the premiere outlet for songwriters to showcase their handcrafted songs at venues from Silverhill to Pensacola. While there is a long list of artists and venues from which to choose, attendees will not want to miss these three performances.

Pensacola’s Ricky Whitley will be entertaining the “riffraff” at Pirate’s Cove on Nov. 11. Whitley’s offbeat brand of modern country rock should energize the crowd.

No visit to the festival would be complete without venturing to the event’s centerpiece venue, the Flora-Bama. On Nov. 12, local duo Sugarcane Jane will perform on Flora-Bama’s Dome Stage. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford should mesmerize the crowd with their harmonic Americana and cuts from their latest effort, “Ladders & Edges.”

On Nov. 14, Big Beach Brewing Co. will bring Johnny Barbato to its shady outdoor stage. Barbato’s talent on the fretboard is matched with a batch of songs cultivated in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.